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Igor I. Solar

Digital Journalist based in Valparaíso, Chile. Joined on Feb 22, 2010
Expertise in Science & space, Travel, Environment & green living, Ethnic cultures, Music

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Playful whale lifts kayak with two people on board in Argentina

Puerto Madryn - Two people navigating on a kayak off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina, had a unique experience when their small vessel was gently lifted by a whale (Video). Such close encounter is illegal in Chubut for safety and conservation reasons.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 6 comments

New species of microscopic marine mite named after Jennifer Lopez

Mayaguez - A new species of marine mite found in a Caribbean coral reef of Mona Passage, which separates Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic, has been named “Litarachna lopezae” in honor of Puerto Rican singer Jennifer Lopez.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 4 comments

Six-fingered family predicting sixth FIFA World Cup for Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - The hands of a whole family have become a lucky charm in support of the Brazilian national team achieving its sixth FIFA World Cup. What distinguishes the members of the Silva family is that everyone has six fingers on each hand.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 2 comments

A policeman's tribute to Michael Jackson’s death anniversary

Iquique - On the fifth anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson his fans remember him around the world. During a presentation of Chile’s Police Marching Band, an officer surprised everyone when he began to move using the famous dance steps of the late artist.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 3 comments

Review: European and Argentine Art shine at National Museum of Fine Arts Special

Buenos Aires - The City of Buenos Aires has a rich and wide variety of museums of national and international art as well as other exhibits on various topics, including history, natural sciences, football, tango, immigration, automobiles, and many more.
Digital Journal Report by Igor I. Solar - 4 comments

UNESCO grants World Heritage status to ancient Inca road system

Doha - The Inca Trail, a complex road network crossing six South American countries was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The award recognizes the historic and cultural significance of the ancient route used by the Incas and later by the conquistadors.
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Ikizukuri — For some, seafood that is ‘too fresh’ to eat

"Live sushi", known in Japan as Ikizukuri, consists in preparing and serving live animals. Considered as the ‘freshest fish dish in the world’, Ikizukuri is usually prepared with fish, but live frogs, octopus, and crustaceans are also in the menu.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 3 comments

Burglar gets stuck in chimney when trying to rob sushi restaurant

La Florida - Police and Fire Department personnel rescued a suspected thief who became trapped in the chimney of a sushi restaurant while trying to rob the place. The man got stuck in the chimney and his accomplices left him there and escaped.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 5 comments

Rachmaninoff’s original manuscript sold at auction for USD 2M

London - The original handwritten manuscript of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, containing autographed revisions, deletions, and alterations, was recently sold at auction at Sotheby’s, London for $2 million.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 5 comments

Review: ‘Santa Rita Winery’ — History and wines in Chile’s Maipo Valley Special

Santiago - Excellent wines, superb gastronomy, a museum of pre-Columbian art, beautiful gardens, and a tour into the history of Chilean wine, are part of the attractions offered to local and foreign visitors at “Santa Rita Vineyards” in the Maipo Valley.
Digital Journal Report by Igor I. Solar - 3 comments

Man injured when ‘wild elevator’ rushes up 31 floors, hits roof

Santiago - A man in Chile suffered serious injuries in a freak accident: the elevator he was riding from the basement to an upper floor of his building became out of control for unknown reasons and went up 31 floors in 15 seconds.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 6 comments

Review: Colón Theatre — A great opera-house of nearly perfect acoustics Special

Buenos Aires - The Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre) of Buenos Aires is one of the biggest and is among the best opera houses in the world both for its superb acoustic characteristics and its remarkable architectural value.
Digital Journal Report by Igor I. Solar - 3 comments

São Paulo: Subway strike worsens traffic ahead of World Cup

San Paulo - The residents of São Paulo, Brazil, are facing transportation chaos since early Thursday due to a strike by workers of the three major subway lines serving the metropolitan area of the city, one week ahead of the start of the FIFA World Cup.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 5 comments

Norway, among the happiest and most beautiful places on earth Special

Norway is well known for its stunning scenery, easily accessible fjords, gorgeous mountains and beautiful cities. It is great destination for nature lovers as well as those interested in historic places. To some, Norway is the greatest place on Earth.
Digital Journal Report by Igor I. Solar - 10 comments

Rescued Chilean miners gather to cheer their national soccer team

Santiago - Remember the ordeal of the 33 miners who were trapped for 70 days in the San José copper mine in northern Chile in 2010? They came together again to film a moving video in support of Chile’s national soccer team playing in the World Cup Brazil 2014.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar

Colombian Daniella Ocoró chosen Miss World Cup Brazil 2014

Rust - The representative of Colombia was selected as Miss World Cup Brazil 2014. The competition took place in Germany with participants representing the 32 countries playing in the group stage of the international soccer tournament in Brazil.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 3 comments

Op-Ed: The high cost of being an attractive and enamoured male

Chachapoyas - Many animal features have evolved in order to enhance survival and reproductive success. In some cases being attractive may bring success in finding a mate, but it may also have adverse effect on survival. Such is the case for a Peruvian hummingbird.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 5 comments

Tigre — History, art and nature in the growing Paraná River Delta Special

Tigre - The town of Tigre is located on an island of the Tigre River, one of the branches in the lower delta of the great Paraná River, a major tributary of the "Río de La Plata." The location is an important recreation area for residents of Buenos Aires.
Digital Journal Report by Igor I. Solar - 4 comments

Rare, threatened seahorse spotted by divers off Halifax, N.S.

Halifax - A rarely-seen seahorse was observed and recorded by divers in waters off Nova Scotia. Scientists are excited about this sighting since the species is extremely rare in Canadian waters.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 3 comments

Little ‘coqui’ frog of Puerto Rico shows effect of climate change

A study on the differences in size and mating calls of a tiny Puerto Rican frog over a 23-year period suggests the male frog is getting smaller and its mating call becoming shorter and higher pitched. The differences may be caused by climate change.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 2 comments
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